Celebration of Life for Doris "Carol" Berry

BERRY, Doris “Carol” December 3, 1925 ~ May 29, 2021 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Carol Berry, our dear Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. Carol was the oldest daughter, born on Dec 3, 1925 to Doris Olivia and Daniel Victor Hicks. Her mother was an opera singer and her father a businessman who became manager of the Hudson’s Bay Company in Calgary Alberta during the 1930’s – 1961. Carol attended Western Canada High school during WWII, and immediately after high school, she began her training at the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing. Carol graduated with her RN in 1947. Through their three years in training, the class of 47 formed strong bonds and a lifelong community of friendship and support. Carol met her husband of 64 years, Corporal Harold Berry, in Calgary. Their colourful RCMP Red Surge wedding was held at Central United Church in 1950. Together, Carol and Harold were responsible for a One-Man Detachment in Hilda and were stationed several places throughout southern Alberta for the remainder of dad’s RCMP career. Carol’s duties as the wife of a rural RCMP were immense. She was expected to keep the detachment and their personal living quarters in ‘regulation’ shape, while also preforming administrative duties, cleaning and maintaining the jail located in the basement and feeding prisoners. Carol did all of these duties with grace. As an RN, she also assisted the rural district nurses with deliveries and medical emergencies upon request. Carol received the ‘Second Man Award’, given to wives of rural RCMP in recognition of these extraordinary duties. Carol was a native Calgarian who carried many treasured memories of historic Calgary in her heart. She was an excellent caregiver and mother. Together with Harold, she raised four children. Throughout her life, Carol was dedicated to her immediate and extended family. She was taught the value of family in her formative years and she maintained these values throughout her life. Carol was a devoted friend and caregiver to many. Her quiet presence was accompanied with strong values. People felt safe and comforted in her presence. After 25 years of service in the RCMP, the family moved back to Calgary. Carol worked at the Calgary Cabin Craft, which promoted and sold the varied works of all local Albertan artists. Carol was a proud member of the Calgary General Hospital Nursing Alumni, and the Philanthropic Educational Order (P.E.O.). Carol was a veracious reader. She enjoyed people and she loved to camp. Together Harold and Carol enjoyed trips overseas to Cornwall England, Japan, China, and throughout Canada. They loved camping in BC, and visiting the foothills near Fort Macleod. Carol was predeceased by her parents, her brother Claire (Vic), her son James Victor, her devoted husband Harold Courtnage, her brother Martin Richard, and her very special sister Joy Lamorna. She leaves three children: Lynn (Doug) Barsaloux, Dr. Dale (Gale) Berry, and Susan (Ward) Fanning; six grandchildren: Kirsten, Keith, Haley, Keenan, Merrick, and Maria and four great grandchildren: Kaiden, Cathrine, Tilli, and Evie, to treasure her memory. To express condolences and share memories, as well as access the link to the virtual funeral service stream, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.


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